Higher level secondary education preparatory year at Schloss Bieberstein

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At a glance: the concept of the higher level secondary education preparatory year

  • For one year, 4-6 students from different countries are admitted to acquire language level B2/C1.
  • The students alternate study between the Humboldt-Institut Bad Shussenried and Schloss Bieberstein.
  • They attend intensive German courses 5 days a week in Bad Schussenried.
  • At Schloss Bieberstein they are integrated into introductory phase (E-phase) courses (mathematics, sciences, PE, arts, English, etc.)
  • They receive practical lessons in German-as-a-second-language specifically geared towards preparation for grammar school.
  • From the very first day, they are provided with intensive educational support at Schloss Bieberstein and the Humboldt-Institut Bad Schussenried.
  • There is full integration into the typical school life experienced by all the students who attend Schloss-Bieberstein
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Our profile

The higher level secondary education preparatory year is a language learning concept specifically designed for Schloss Bieberstein. Students get the opportunity to acquire a wide vocabulary and gain important experience for the course level at Bieberstein, or any other secondary school in Germany. The aim is to prepare the students for the German “Abitur” as much as possible, and therefore offer a perfect basis for secondary academic education in Germany. Students from all over the world live, learn and are taught intensively in German, but also in English here at the boarding school. At the same time, they are integrated into our normal school life and the student body from the very start. They truly experience our Lietz educational concept, which stands for “learning with the heart, hand and mind”. Living together with grammar school boarding students in Germany offers valuable insight into our culture and society.

Our aim

The primary aim of the higher level secondary education preparatory year at Schloss Bieberstein is to acquire language qualifications B2 and/or C1. After the preparatory year, students are well prepared in terms of content and language and are therefore able to attend the grammar school education programme at Schloss Bieberstein or any other German grammar school.

Application requirements

Participants in the higher level secondary education preparatory year

  • Should be aged between 15 and 18 (at the most) and have good reports from their home countries.
  • May also be admitted into the preparatory year with/without low level German skills.
  • Must have adequate English skills to attend a higher level secondary school afterwards.
  • Students have to have sucessfully completed grade 9 in their home countries

The following documents must be submitted for an application:

  • Translated school reports starting from Year 7
  • Curriculum Vitae in English or German
  • Letter of motivation
    (applicants with German skills in German, applicants without German skills in English)

Our schedule and organisational framework

Students spend time both at the Humboldt-Institut Bad Schussenried and at Schloss Bieberstein. The higher level secondary education preparatory year always starts with an intensive German course at the Humboldt-Institut. The transportation between the Humboldt-Institut and Schloss Bieberstein is included in the price as part of the advance payment of ancillary costs.

Version 1

Entrance on 05.08.2018
Duration: 50 Weeks

Price 38.600 €

Version 2

Entrance on 09.09.2018
Duration: 45 Weeks

Price 34.800 €

Version 3

Entrance on 14.10.2018
Duration: 40 Weeks

Price 30.500 €

The following applies to all versions: Advance payment of ancillary costs: € 3,500 / Admission price: €1,500

Our curriculum

The following subjects are provided for students on the higher level secondary education preparatory year, depending on their qualifications:

  • German

    (intensive course at the Humboldt-Institut; speaking and written text production as well as specialist vocabulary at Bieberstein)
  • Business German

  • English as a second language

  • Mathematics

  • A science

    (biology, chemistry or physics)
  • Culture and history

  • Art or music

  • Sports

spielende und lernende Schüler

Holiday accommodation and weekends at home

Students on the preparatory year generally spend their holidays at the Humboldt-Institut and attend their German course. In the Whitsun holidays, there is the option to spend the holidays with one of our carefully selected guest families. The participants of the preparatory year are, of course, also welcome to make their own travel plans during the Whitsun holidays.

Students are supervised during the weekends by either the Humboldt-Institut or Schloss Bieberstein supervisors.

A holistic
learning approach

Life at Schloss Bieberstein does not stop at academic work: all students are well integrated into boarding school life. They are members of a regular house family, consisting of students who attend the regular higher level secondary school at Schloss Bieberstein.

A huge variety of sports, artistic and musical activities helps them consolidate what they have learnt in their life together with the other higher level secondary school students. Learning, living and working merge into one and mutually complement each other.

Our focus: Internationalism and integration

When admitting students to the higher level secondary education preparatory course we make sure that there is as much diversity as possible with regard to nationality and native language. Our preparatory course, therefore, offers the ideal conditions for international students to learn both languages, German and English, as well as German culture and history in a welcoming and cooperative atmosphere.

Other basic cornerstones of the higher level secondary education preparatory course at Schloss Bieberstein include: our cooperative learning methods, individual support, application focus and our holistic learning method.

The language teaching method is tailored to the needs of the grammar school. Each participant of the preparatory year is also individually supported in German as a second language and English lessons by our qualified teachers. Besides teaching the curriculum content, the aim is also to develop and raise the students’ own profile in school and boarding school life.

Schloss Bieberstein does not only focus on the basic and intensive learning of the German language, but also on the application of the newly aquired knowledge to the lessons immediately proceeding. The lively, and primarily German-speaking, boarding school environment, characterised by the students’ multilingualism and the native language skills of the, usually, German teaching staff, offers the ideal basic conditions for sustainable language acquisition.


We will also be happy to personally inform you and advise you about our higher level secondary education preparatory year beforehand. We cordially invite you to come and visit us at Schloss Bieberstein, where we will be happy to personally discuss and advise you about our higher level secondary education preparatory year. You are also welcome to contact us by phone at any time for advice. We look forward to hearing from you!

Bildmarke Hermann Lietz Schule

Internat Schloss Bieberstein
36145 Hofbieber

Phone: +49 6657 79 - 0
Fax: +49 6657 79 - 51


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